Special Education

DePaul's bachelor's degree in Special Education program will prepare you to teach students with exceptionalities in kindergarten through 12th grade in a variety of urban and suburban educational settings, including public and private schools.

By completing the Special Education program, you will be eligible for the Illinois Learning and Behavior Specialist I (LBS1) license, provided you complete additional state requirements.

As a Special Education major, you will learn to:

  • Apply specific strategies needed to teach exceptional learners
  • Consult and co-teach in general education inclusion classrooms
  • Modify content for exceptional learners in reading, math, natural and social sciences
  • Teach small groups of exceptional students in a resource room
  • Teach students with more significant disabilities in a self-contained classroom


Sample Courses:

  • Assessing exceptional learners
  • Classroom and behavior management
  • Collaborating with parents and professionals
  • How exceptional students learn
  • Teaching strategies and differentiated instruction
  • Teaching students with significant disabilities
  • Transitional and vocational planning

Career Options

Common Career Areas

  • Teaching
  • Administration
  • Education policy
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